Petra Part 1: the Candlelit Canyon

I know that I said I was going to talk about the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba and Karak – but here’s what you need to know:

  • The Dead Sea: a Bucket List activity which I’m delighted to have ticked off. ‘It’s fun, you can twirl, you can – you can move in it’ as Kristen Wiig’s character says about nothing to do with the Dead Sea in Bridesmaids. (I was convinced that she also said ‘it’s floaty’, which would have made this a bit more relevant). Also, it’s due to dry up in about 50 years so go soon, or click here to find out more and if there’s anything you can do to prevent it.
  • Mount Nebo: Probably more exciting if you’re religious (Christian that is), although looking out over the valley towards the Jordan River, Jericho and Jerusalem from where it is believed that Moses saw the promised land makes for a fantastic panorama shot.
  • Madaba: You’re ushered in and out very quickly from the main mosaic, a mostly damaged but still quite spectacular mosaic map of the region which was discovered when a church was built on top of it. It may have been nice to explore more of Madaba, as I doubt I’ll ever be back.
  • Karak Castle: No idea what the situation currently is here following the incident in December, but it’s basically a Greek/Roman/Byzantine/Islamic castle at a strategic point on old trade routes. A fantastic history lesson which I don’t want to butcher by attempting to re-tell here, so make sure that you take a tour guide because you’ll need someone to make it come alive.

If you’d like to know more about the above attractions, definitely let me know. For now, onwards to Petra! Continue reading